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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 Excerpt: ...of the chiefs decided that Hau was too ugly to form one of the party, as he wore a beard, so it was decided that he should be left behind, for it would never do to parade such a plain fellow before the famous beauty Eakahanga. Thus the party left without him; but Hau, who was a man endowed with certain wondrous powers, hid himself beneath the punake, or bow, of the canoe which conveyed the party to Turanga, and so arrived safely at that place, where the men of Te Tauira landed and proceeded to the village where Eakahanga lived. When they were out of sight, Hau came forth from his place of concealment and hid himself until nightfall. There is little doubt that the lake was formed by a vast landslip, now covered with forest, which fell from the slopes of the mountains on the east of the outlet, and filled up what was formerly a valley. Probably this took place before the advent of the Maori; but he is quite equal to understanding the cause, and, with his love of the marvellous, to inventing a supernatural reason. for it.--Editor. In the evening all met in the whare-tapere or amusement-house of the pa, where the visitors were to show their various accomplishments, in order that one of their number might find favour in the eyes of Rakahanga. And some of the village people were sent to collect fuel, which was to be carefully selected in order that the fires in the whare-tapere might burn clearly and not smoke. But that deceitful Hau drew near, and caused those fires to smoke dreadfully, by means of the following karakia:--Ka pu auahi ra runga, Gather together the smoke from above, Ka pu auahi ra raro. Gather together the smoke from below. This incantation, in fact, produced so much smoke that many of the people, including our heroine, rushed forth from the house...
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